This section is from the book "Handbook Of Suggestive Therapeutics, Applied Hypnotism, Psychic Science", by Henry S. Munro. Also available from Amazon: Handbook of Suggestive Therapeutics, Applied Hypnotism, Psychic Science.
A physician of my acquaintance was called to see a frail little woman who was the only support of her two fatherless children. Day and night she labored with needle and thread, vainly striving to buy food and clothing, pay rent, and provide for other life essentials. Deprived of fresh air and sunshine, and under constant mental and physical strain, she finally succumbed, with all bodily functions disturbed, and discouraged and depressed in the extreme.
The representative of a local church organization stated to the physician that they had provided a nurse, arranged for her medicine, and would send her nicely prepared meals and visit her often.
"All that will only add to the severity of her psychoneurotic condition," said he; "go and get her twenty-five dollars to pay her house rent, fill her pantry with substantial food to meet present demands, but, above all, secure her a position where she can work and get exercise, and sunshine and fresh air, and have time to sleep at night, and she will need no medicine, no nursing, or visitors."
The representative of the charitable organization left, saying that she would have the society consider the matter at their next meeting a week hence.
There was present at that interview between the physician and the representative of the local organization a stenographer who was the widow of a poor young physician who had died, leaving her with no means of support, but before her marriage she had learned to "do things with her hands," and she was independent and happy. She requested the physician to meet her on the outside of the sick lady's room at seven o'clock that evening, at which time she delivered to him the amount of cash requested, and had unloaded the substantial for a well-filled pantry, and announced that she had secured a position for the sick lady in question, all of which she had done quietly and unostentatiously during the day, requesting that the part which she had played in the matter never be disclosed to the patient.
Within a few days that frail little woman was at her post of duty, and up to four years afterward she was at work, much improved in health and strength, contented and happy.